The Nigeria Police Force has stated that “clerical and typographical mistakes” are some of the reasons why some policemen deployed on election duty in Anambra State have not been paid their allowances.
The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba Alkali, on Saturday was said to have directed field commanders and strategic managers to compile list of the policemen who are on election duty in Anambra State but have not been paid.
This is as a result of the complaints of some police personnel over the non-payment of their allowances for the Anambra governorship election.
There have been media reports of policeman attached to some Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the state lamenting the non-payment of their allowances.
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Over 30,000 police officers were deployed for the election which is holding across 21 LGAs in the state.
In an interview at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) situation room on Saturday, Force Spokesman, Frank Mba, quoted the IGP as attributing the non-payment to clerical mistakes in forwarding their details.
Mba said over 29,000 of the personnel drafted for the election have received their allowances.
“The IG has already given directive this afternoon that the field commanders and the strategic managers on ground should compile the names of persons who have not gotten their allowances and get all the necessary details correctly.
“For the first time, we paid the money of personnel even before the commencement of the election. We deployed about 34,000 officers and as at noon on Friday, I did not check today. And I’m sure a lot more would have received their money today.
“But we understand that there are some who have not received their money. These could be as a result of clerical mistakes in forwarding their details, it could be typographical mistakes; it could be any other type of mistake in communication. Because the way these allowances are worked out is that the contributing commands are supposed to send these details from their respective squadrons if they are members of the police mobile forces or from their respective commands.
“Apart from that, it has to move from the office of the DPO to the CP’s office and then down to us. We are already working on that to find out why these few numbers have not received their money. But the reassuring message here is that we’ve got the money. There is no complaint about the availability of the funds. We’ve got these allowances and it is warehoused in the police account and not with the CBN.”